Presentation on theme: "1 NNSAs ICF Strategy Presented to Fusion Power Associates 34th Annual Meeting and Symposium Washington, DC December 11, 2013 Kirk Levedahl NNSA NATIONAL."— Presentation transcript:
1 NNSAs ICF Strategy Presented to Fusion Power Associates 34th Annual Meeting and Symposium Washington, DC December 11, 2013 Kirk Levedahl NNSA NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION OFFICE OF DEFENSE PROGRAMS
2 ICF is vital to NNSAs stockpile stewardship and national security missions ICF is vital to NNSAs stockpile stewardship and national security missions Show relevance to Stockpile Stewardship through HED science. Equating [gain 1] ignition goal to fusion energy undercuts support for ICF out of the 050 account. Provides unique environments for model validation that include radiation hydrodynamics, transport models and TN burn. Recent 5x10 15 allows a credible program on TN burn without substantial further increases in yield HED science is exciting work that attracts and trains those whose judgment will be relied upon to maintain our nuclear deterrent. Ignition remains a goal to pursued deliberately (in a scientifically defensible and productive) fashion. But we are at 1/200 th of goal. Demonstrate scientific quality and credibility to national and international communities in areas relevant to our national security goals. Operate efficiently and effectively.
3 ICF Program has 5 principal elements Develop a burning plasma platform for stockpile stewardship and continue to pursue ignition and high yield in a deliberate fashion. Obtain fundamental physical properties of materials and plasmas in HED environments (in collaboration with Science Campaigns) Provide experimental basis for code and model validation in the HED regime (in collaboration with the Advanced Scientific Computing Campaign). Develop and advance capabilities in HED Science nationally and internationally. Strengthen the HED community and grow the next generation of stewards
4 NNSAs ICF program has transitioned from the NIC to a stockpile science program. Ended the National Ignition Campaign marked the end of construction and commissioning of major facilities. Completed the first year under the 2012 Path Forward Report to Congress Transitioning NIF and other ICF facilities to routine operations under governance models based upon peer review. Increased focus of the NNSA ICF program on its Stockpile Stewardship Mission. FY 2014 ICF Budget, Continuing Resolution and potential for Sequestration NAS report on Inertial Fusion Energy Basic science access to ICF facilities will continue.
5 Path Forward provides consensus view from the National ICF Program leadership May 2012 November 2012 ~120 scientists from around the world met to identify key missing understanding & path to resolve Consensus document submitted to Congress with proposed plan to resolve issues & achieve ignition
6 Under the 2012 plan the principal elements of the ignition plan are: 1.Continue a modified approach in pursuing the indirect drive approach to ignition (IDI) by: oExploring the physics revealed in experiments designed to evaluate integrated performance of the system. oAdding a significant experimental effort to explore single physics effects and improved models to develop an understanding of why the NIC ignition effort failed and most likely paths for improvement. oExploring alternative indirect drive approaches. 2.Explore the underlying physics and develop a path forward for Polar Drive Ignition (PDI) or symmetric direct drive approaches, principally using the capabilities of Omega while performing higher energy PDI experiments on NIF. 3.Explore magnetically driven implosions (MDI) on Z. 4.Continuously update diagnostics capability 5.Provide targets and advance capabilities in the most efficient manner (including appropriate partnerships with industry).
7 The NRC 2013 Report on Inertial Fusion Energy is consistent with the NNSA program The appropriate time for the establishment of a national, coordinated, broad-based inertial fusion energy program within DOE is when ignition is achieved. [Conclusion 4-13] The Target subcommittee report: [t]he national program to achieve ignition using indirect laser drive has several physics issues that must be resolved if it is to achieve ignition. [Conclusion 4-1] Based on its analysis of the gaps in current understanding of target physics and the remaining disparities between simulations and experimental results, the panel assesses that ignition using laser indirect drive is not likely in the next several years. [Conclusion 4-2]
8 Recent High Foot design is showing promising results
9 Further requested reports from Congress 120-day study – a plan to increase the shot rate at NIF over the next 3 years with a budget of $329,000,000 over the next 3 years. –Working groups formed by LLNL to review operations and recommend improvements –Results will be reviewed by panel established by NNSA 60-day study - 3-year plan that lays out significant milestones NIF plans to achieve on the path to ignition and critical experiments needed to support the stockpile stewardship program –HED council is planning the weapons physics program –ICF council established for ignition.
10 We will continue to operate NIF, Omega / EP and Z as our key facilities. 60% of the ICF Program budget is applied to facility operations at NIF, Z, and Omega Research on magnetically-driven ICF Dynamic material properties – including Pu Radiation effects Radiation hydrodynamics Radiation transport Research on indirect drive ignition Laser plasma instabilities Hydrodynamic instabilities Radiation hydrodynamics Materials at extreme conditions Research on polar drive ignition Diagnostics development Open science platform Focused experiments on scientific issues for ICF Platform development for NIF experiments
12 Summary Developing a burning plasma platform to achieve ignition is a principal goal of the ICF Program for stockpile stewardship and ignition remains and important goal Alternate concepts to the mainline indirect drive approach are advancing HED facilities are operating well and are oversubscribed (by a lot) Vibrant HED community is recognized to be critical to the success of SSP ICF is an exciting grand challenge endeavor and remains a leading attractor for talent and the next generation of stewards